- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (AP) - A series of youth reading initiatives will soon kick off at the Cheyenne Indian Reservation thanks to a grant from a national nonprofit.

The group Cheyenne River Youth Project has received a $24,000 grant from the Virginia-based Child Fund International to fund the reading initiatives.

The South Dakota group says the “Just Read!” initiatives are critical in the reservation because children have little access to books at home or through public libraries and lack opportunities to read outside of school.

Tammy Eagle Hunter with the Cheyenne River Youth Project says the group hopes that the new initiatives will not only improve the reading performance of children, but also their overall academic performance.

The “Just Read!” project will include monthly theme-based reading festivals, book distributions and other programs.


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